Ski resort openings: Could weekend snow help Colorado slopes open earlier?

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado (KDVRName) — There are snowflakes in forecast for some mountains in Colorado and it could help some ski resorts open earlier.

Each year, Keystone, Loveland, and Arapahoe Basin are usually among the first ski areas to open in Colorado.

“Hey, this is a fun competition for all of us, but most importantly, Colorado is going to be open for skiing,” Loveland Ski Area spokesman Dustin Schaefer said.

The only snow on their slopes right now is of the man-made kind. Loveland had snow last week overnight when temperatures are low.

However, help is on the way.

“We have heard everything for our predictions. We heard a few inches to a foot,” Schaefer said.

Still, even with a foot of snow, Schaefer says Loveland will likely miss the bragging rights that come with being the first in Colorado to open.

“We’re not going to be open this weekend,” Schaefer said. “We still have a good amount of snow to make but hopefully in the next week or two, late October, early November.”

In 2021, Loveland opened on October 30. They were the fourth resort in Colorado to welcome skiers and snowboarders. They are on track for a similar opening date this year.

“Saturday and Sunday we hope…they can snow 24 hours a day and if mother nature can drop fresh snow, that’s just a bonus,” Schaefer said.

Across Loveland Pass, Arapahoe Basin says it is very close to opening the 2022/2023 season.

On Thursday, A-Basin’s chief operating officer posted on the ski resort’s blog a photo of a snowcat moving around and tamping the snow as it ran.

The message reads: “We have made almost enough snow to open High Noon. The first snowcat has started its work. The operator, Scott, will spread the snow around. This gives us a good idea of ​​where we need to put the finishing touches of white matter. Whenever you see the cat on the hill, it means we are approaching opening day.

Last year, the COO posted a similar article about snowcats going to work in the mountains. A-Basin opened two days later.

So far, no Colorado ski area has announced October opening dates. The majority, including Breckenridge, Vail and Aspen Snowmass, have scheduled opening dates between mid and late November.

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